15th META Concludes with Virtual Awards Ceremony
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Business Events | September 7, 2020 | News
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The 15th edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival 2020 concluded with a virtual awards ceremony on 30th August 2020. The event was promoted by the Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programme and produced by arts and entertainment company Teamwork Arts.
The ceremony which brought the curtains down on the three-week celebration of theatre was hosted by Gitikka Ganju Dhar. The jury for the 15th edition viewed the plays online to decide on winners.
The Facebook broadcast had in excess of 92,000 views and the video had over 4,000 views on YouTube as on 6th September 2020.
The virtual award ceremony included a Theatre Critics Conference and saw the launch of the first-ever published edition of a ‘META Best Original Script’ (winner of 2019), giving impetus to scriptwriting in contemporary Indian theatre.
META received over 385 productions this year of which 10 from different States of India were nominated across 13 award categories. One week before the awards ceremony, the META 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award was hosted. The winner was Barry John, director, actor, set designer, writer, teacher and Theatre Action Group’s Founder Director.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “My congratulations to all the winners and to Barry John who we honoured with the META Lifetime Achievement Award. I am proud that in spite of, or perhaps because of, all our current difficulties, the glittering awards ceremony transcends the boundaries of an auditorium and became accessible to an audience of thousands, right in their homes. My thanks to everyone who made this happen – the participating theatre groups, the jury members, and the organisers, Teamwork Arts.”
The complete winner list can be viewed on META’s official website.
The 15th edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival 2020 concluded with a virtual awards ceremony on 30th August 2020.